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Old 09-08-2007, 02:11 PM   #1
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Help with leakin radiator

went to start up the bike and noticed a puddle of coolant on the floor. Been smelling a slight bit of burning coolant but temps were still fine so didnt pay much attention to it. Well it looks like the radiator itself is leaking. I cant pin point exactly where cuz the cooland it all over the rad. but once it cools down ill take it off and inspect it. I cant see where anything hit the radiator, no major dents or anything obvious.

What is the best thing to do in this situation? Should i take it to a radiator shop and see if they can find the hole and fix it or should i replace the rad altogether?


any radiator shops in pearland/alvin/manvel area? i think i remember seeing one on hwy 6 just outside of alvin, but i cant remember the name.
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get a radiator welding shop to repair it. a new radiator is going to be at least 150-250 used.
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if you are mechanically savy try finding the leak, it may be an easy fix, if not take it to a shop like Motorcycles Unlimited or they may have a contact for that type of work.
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if you are mechanically savy try finding the leak, it may be an easy fix, if not take it to a shop like Motorcycles Unlimited or they may have a contact for that type of work.

lets say i did find the leak, what woudl i use to repair it? clean it with some sort of contact cleaner, then silicone the hole? do they make rad. repair kits?
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JB Weld. Or you could take it to Pearland Radiator on 35 just south of the beltway.
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lets say i did find the leak, what woudl i use to repair it? clean it with some sort of contact cleaner, then silicone the hole? do they make rad. repair kits?
depends on the location, sometimes j-weld will do the trick, other times it has to be done by an specialist.
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take it to get fixed. it will only cost you a few bucks to get it spot welded and fixed permanently. don't half it. that breaks on you in the middle of a long ride, and you're fkd.
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+1 on getting it repaired professionally. It is cheap. They can even find the leak for you and braze it up and then pressurize it to make sure it holds.
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+1 on getting it repaired professionally. It is cheap. They can even find the leak for you and braze it up and then pressurize it to make sure it holds.


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Don't jump the gun and pull the radiator out so quickly! Spend some time with your bike and FIND OUT WHERE IT'S COMING FROM! Unfortunatly sportbikes have a lot of plastic in the way~ could be as simple as a hose clamp needing tightened too~ even the radiator cap could be old and start seeping/leaking. That's about all I can do from here.
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Old 09-08-2007, 06:39 PM   #13
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I've got a guy I use. he's really good and very inexpensive, typically $20.00 or so.
I know you're on the other side of town from me so pretty much any radiator shop that works with aluminum radiators can fix it.
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Old 09-09-2007, 02:28 PM   #15
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thanks guys. ill take it to pearland rad tomoro morning before class. Would this be something i could get done while i wait? assuming they have the time that is? Id really like to be able to ride the bike rather then drive old red.
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The radiator will have to be out of the bike.
Depending on how slammed they are it shouldn't take long.
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thanks, maybe if i get there first thing Monday morning with Mr Lincoln along with me for a little motivation they can do it before lunch!!!
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